Australian Cricket Risks Further Damage If Standoff Lasts The Week
The "clock is still ticking in Australian cricket’s pay stoush, with the sport risking further damage if peace is not brokered this week," according to the AAP. Monday "brought no progress in protracted pay talks." The next round of meetings between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association is expected on Tuesday. Australia faces India in its women’s World Cup semifinal on Thursday, with the tournament decider at Lord’s on Sunday. There is "every chance Australia will lift the trophy." There is "also every chance a ticker-tape parade upon returning home would be a celebration for unemployed players." Louise Evans of Women Sport Australia described it as a "laughable" scenario. She said, "Cricket Australia has done a fantastic job in being a frontrunner in paying elite female cricketers a living wage. But if the team comes home, they’re unemployed ... then they’re going to undo all that fantastic work." It is understood Commonwealth Bank, "having rejigged its agreement with CA last year to focus on women's sport and diversity programs, is far from impressed with proceedings" (AAP, 7/18).